Why study Electrical Engineering
The engineering technology degree offered by APSU is ideal for students who are interested in engineering and technology and who want to focus more on the practical aspects and on being a “doer.” This degree works well for people with industrial and/or military experience who are a bit older than the average college student and are seeking a degree as a path to new career opportunities. With our electrical engineering technology concentration, graduates are well-prepared for careers in this area. An engineering technology degree offers a path to employment in the field of engineering and technology. For the student with practical skills and interests but may not have been the top math student in their class, this degree can be the perfect fit. With its focus on applications and more limited requirements in mathematics, it is a very good fit to the person who has been in the workplace and now needs a degree for advancement
The Engineering Technology department in APSU offers degrees in engineering technology. This is similar to but not the same thing as a degree in engineering. An engineering technology degree puts more emphasis on applications and less on mathematics and theory. The focus of an engineering technology degree is to prepare a graduate to be a “doer” – to implement a plan, to work out the details, solve the problems, and make something work. When compared to an electrical engineering degree program, the math requirements are not as high, and the classes focus more on applications. The BS in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electrical Engineering Technology will prepare for employment in the electronic industry at the level of Engineering Technologist / Engineer. With a BSET degree in the Electrical concentration, you will be specialized in industrial electronics with the knowledge on analog and digital circuit analysis and design, and the job prospects for this type of skill set are strong. Virtually every modern industry utilizes electronics systems and structures, and these companies need employees to assist in the service and setup of sophisticated equipment. With small class sizes and hands-on learning instruction, APSU offers a rounded preparation for your career in Electrical. It prepares the students to develop their communication skills, critical thinking abilities, and become a life long learner. The region around APSU is home to many industrial employers, and these employers need people for their design and manufacturing teams with qualifications in the electrical field. Our graduates can be found working for industrial employers throughout the region and beyond. Our degree programs have helped many people find a better career and given them the basis for career advancement.
We are unique in that we offer the entire degree program in the evening at the Army Education Center at Fort Campbell. People who are working in regional industries and have to be at work during the day can come to us and take courses at night, along with active duty military personnel. Courses at Fort Campbell run on an accelerated, eight-week term schedule. For the more traditional college student, we offer some first-year courses during the daytime on the Clarksville campus following the traditional sixteen-week term schedule as well. With courses in the evenings, students are free to look for internships and even full-time employment during the day. This is ideal, as most employers expect interns to work during regular business hours.
The faculty teaching the courses have a range of backgrounds and experience. The department has a mix of senior, experienced faculty as well as new faculty coming on board. All have either Masters or Ph.D. degrees. The department also brings in engineers from industry as adjunct faculty to teach classes.
What will I Learn
- Coverage of all areas of engineering technology.
- Foundation that is a broad scope and gives graduates a well-rounded education in technology.
- Courses completed will open doors to internships with regional industrial employers.
- Learn the software package CREO Parametric, which is the industry standard software used by employers in the region.
- Gain knowledge and skills in areas such as digital industrial electronics, embedded systems, industrial motors, systems, and controls.
- Preparation for practical economic issues related to plane operation and purchasing new equipment.
- The capstone project will prepare graduate to develop skills in teamwork and leadership.
Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with concentration in Electrical Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T) is "accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org."